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Photo Ideas - Where do they come from?
Old 04-02-2008, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sometimes it is hard to know what to shoot that will be new and/or different. We tend to get in ruts and just shoot the same thing over and over again because it works. That may be okay for a strictly commercial venture (but it can soon get old). Or maybe we just find ourselves with a model in front of us and a set, but no idea what to do to make use of that set.

What I often do, is to go through my old files of photo sessions I've had and look at grab shots, outtake shots, idea shots, etc to see if I can get ideas for the next shoot. I often annotate such shots, and print out a copy, so I can use it to direct the model. Following is an example, of what I call a concept or idea shot. It was something I was playing around with on the set, but didn't have time to carry to completion (there were three models, and I had to get a certain set of photos of each). But during the shots used to get the lighting setup and the WB set, etc, I took this one:


As you can see it had a dirty mirror and no real point of focus. So I annotated things I'd need to pay attention to when I actually use the idea later.

Tip: The focus on a shot like this is to focus on the eyes in the mirror you want to have the most attention.

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Re: Photo Ideas - Where do they come from?
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Thanks for the advice!
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What works for me is I spend a couple of hours a month at the book store going through magazine and not just the obvious stuff. So if you shoot glamour avoid the glamour mags and look at something else.

When I say I go through them, I flick through almost like I had read the magazine and was looking for that article again no more than second on each page and even if something catches my eye I dont stop. I let my imagination go wild and fill in the gaps. I call it "Alice in Wonderlanding" a shot. This works great for me as I'm more into shooting editorial type sessions. But your mind will do amazing things if you give it just enough input to force it to fill in the gaps.
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Or maybe we just find ourselves with a model in front of us and a set, but no idea what to do to make use of that set.
Simple answer -- ask the model!

I think there are times when you just have to give up a little control, and ask for her input. It works for me with the model I work with the most. But then we have worked together many times... It may be a different story with a new first time model.
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